Friday, May 20, 2011

Series Overview–Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

569px-Terminator_TSCC_LogoTerminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an American-made science fiction TV series based on the Terminator movie series and is the direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It premiered in January of 2008 and ran for two seasons, until April, 2009. It’s based on the Terminator movie series and follows the lives of Sarah and John Connor after the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Like Terminator 2, the main premise of the show is a reprogrammed Terminator who has been sent back to protect John Connor. But while that is the main idea, it is not the sole story arc of the show.

Warning – Between the “=====” markers, there is a brief backstory on the show. It contains slight spoilers about the pilot. Don't read if you haven't watched and prefer to go in to the show without any information.


The_Sarah_Connor_Chronicles_posterFollowing Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet sends another Terminator, a T-888, back to 1999 in another attempt to eliminate John Connor. It's revealed that destroying the T-1000 and T-800 in T2 didn't stop Judgment Day, just delayed it. It is also revealed that Sarah also dies from cancer in the time before Judgment Day. The Resistance reprogram another Terminator, known as Cameron (Summer Glau), and send her back to protect him. To protect him and his mother, she jumps them forward to 2007, skipping the year when Sarah was supposed to die of cancer. However, the threat of attack from the future is a constant threat, meaning they have to be constantly vigilant.

As they are on the run, they are also trying to prevent Skynet from being built. During the course of the show, Sarah, John, and Cameron under take several missions to find the first starting point of Skynet and prevent it from being built and to stop Judgment Day.


A little more background on the show: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles only ran for 2 seasons. The first season slated to be 13 episodes but was cut to 9 because of 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. When it returned for season 2, it was also originally slated for 13 episodes, but Fox upped the order to a full season of 22 after the first few episodes ran. It was unfortunately cancelled after its second season.

If you looking for a pretty good science fiction show to start watching, give Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles a try. It will be worth your while.

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